Saturday, June 18, 2011
LOC 411 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKES TO LOC HAIR?
This process can take anywhere from eight months to one year to complete. The straighter the texture the longer the process will take to loc. The kinkier the texture the quicker the hair will loc. It is also helpful if you start with at least 2 inches of hair (you can start shorter if your hair is very kinky) because this will allow the twists to hold through sleeping and shampooing.
CAN HAIR THAT’S BEEN PREVIOUSLY RELAXED BE LOCED?
Today there are many different ways to loc hair. By all means, you can loc your hair even if its relaxed by using the re-tightening method with Msladylock Re-Tightening Tool at (Msladylocks.etsy.com), or with an latch hook. Your relaxed hair must me at least 4 inches or longer to start this process, but the end results are great once its loced.
DURING THE PROCESS OF LOCING, IS IT EASY TO MAINTAIN YOUR LOCS?
This is not a yes or no question. The process is as easy as your hair is kinky. The straighter your hair the more maintenance it may require, so don’t fret at all. First it requires patience. Ideally once your hair is twisted, you are to do nothing more than oil your scalp as needed and cover it nightly with a silk scarf or do-rag. When showering and working out.
CAN PERMANENTLY COLORING YOUR LOCS BE DAMAGING TO THE HAIR?
I always recommend that you go to a professional to have your hair permanently colored. This is a chemical process and can be damaging to our hair if not done properly, so it’s best to get professional advice.
If you like to color your locs the natural way, try squeezing a few drops of real lemon on your locs and rub the juice into the locs, then go out in the sun, for a few minutes at a time, then rinse it out, great lightening results plus vitamin D for you.
HOW MANY TIMES CAN I TWIST MY LOCS?
If you overly twist your locs, it will cause weakness. I would recommend palm rolling, and I would not recommend doing it any more than once every two to four weeks. I really emphasize the process of letting your hair grow, because if you overly twist it, it will then out and eventually break off.
Products aid and enhance our locs, but it’s really the process that we go through in terms of healthy lifestyle that radiates to our locs. I encourage people with natural hair to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Drink enough water, keep the hair clean, take vitamins, and eat green leafy vegetables. Because you’re inner is a reflection of your outer.
DOES CONDITION MATTERS?
Every single time you shampoo and condition your locs. If your locs are color treated, I would put an additional protein deep conditioner on your locs, to avoid breakage, dryness. I would also cover it up with a plastic cap and sit under the dryer for fifteen to thirty minutes for best results.